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Re: No plural morpheme

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Saturday, November 24, 2007, 14:33
On Nov 24, 2007 7:30 AM, Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...> wrote:
> On Nov 24, 2007 5:34 AM, caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote: > > > I enjoy reading fantasy lit. Sometimes the authors use archaic > > language in the mouths of some of the characters. I recently read one > > character saying, "It's seven mile away...." > > > > I'm trying to keep Senjecan grammar as uncluttered as possible. I > > thought that I might not use a plural morpheme if the plurality of the > > noun was obvious as when, say, a number qualified the noun. > > > > What are your experiences with this in either a natlang or your > > conlang? I believe that Japanese does this. > > Mongolian (Khalkh) does this as well, as we've discovered in our field > methods class this semester. Mongolian does have number marking, just > not when explicitly quantified. Shoshoni only inflects for number > (sing and dual) for animates; it sounds odd (if not downright wrong) > to speakers to add number inflection to inanimates.
Oops. That should be "dual and plural", not "sing and dual". Singular is unmarked in Shoshoni; dual and plural are marked (/-nɨwɨh/ and /-nɨːn/, respectively).
> > > Charlie > > Dirk >